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Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest Now Available

by SAH News | Feb 02, 2015

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and SouthwestWe're pleased to announce the publication of Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest by Anne Carter Lee and a team of distinguished authors. This second of two volumes devoted to the Old Dominion encompasses five regions (Shenandoah Valley, Allegheny Highlands, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest Virginia), comprising 55 counties and 20 of the state's independent cities. More than 1,250 building entries document the commonwealth's history from prehistory to early settlement, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Massive Resistance, and the civil rights movement, up to the present day. The book canvasses a range of places, including Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Woodrow Wilson's Presidential Library, Roanoke's modernist Taubman Museum of Art, Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Prince Edward County (set in a high school which factored in the case for racial integration in U.S. public schools that led to Brown v. Board of Education).

Anne Carter Lee, the volume editor, is a longtime architectural historian and community activist who has worked for the Landmarks Commission (now the Department of Historic Resources) and the Historic American Buildings Survey. The volume contributors, who have a wide range of experience, include David Edwards, Director of the Regional Offices of the Department of Historic Resources; Leslie Giles, preservation consultant; S. Allen Chambers Jr., architectural historian and author; Edward Chappell, Director of Architectural and Archaeological Research at Colonial Williamsburg; Willie Graham, Curator of Architecture at Colonial Williamsburg; Maral Kalbian, architectural historian; Ann E. McCleary, Professor at the University of West Georgia; and Pamela H. Simpson, former Professor of Art and Architecture at Washington and Lee University. Topical sidebars highlight diverse themes from tobacco barns to outbuildings, including an essay on Native American architecture in central and western Virginia by Klint Ericson, a recent recipient of the Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The text is enhanced and enlivened by 300 photographs, many taken by architectural photographer Tim Buchman or drawn from the rich holdings of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. A selection of Classic Buildings from the volume has been added to SAH Archipedia, with the full complement of entries to follow. 

For more information on the Buildings of the United States series, visit sah.org/bus.

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